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  • Don



    In addition to its many double crosses and reversals of fortune—I’m also partial to Don’s action scenes, whose freedom of motion and playful choreography are genuinely exciting. It’s also interesting to see Bachchan, as Vijay the patsy, perform some song numbers that normally be handled by his shy guy co-stars. He does a great job with the betel-leaf number, but that’s a very Shashi Kapoor scene, I think.

  • Immaan Dharam

    Immaan Dharam


    Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor's squarest adventure to date: happy-go-lucky con men stop taking money to deliver false courtroom testimony (always against the defense), but only after they encounter Sanjeev Kumar's Christ-like goodness. They deliver speeches, and get into lame fights. Not quite boring, but not the right kind of weird either.

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  • The Void

    The Void


    As if Lucio Fulci had made The Thing. No, wait: as if Lucio Fulci's biggest fan had made The Thing. No, no, as if Lucio Fulci's biggest fan cross-bred The Thing with Night of the Living Dead. No wait it's Hellraiser and Lovecraft and oh god there's just so many unsynthesized influences here good god no waiiiiiit... More soon at

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight


    Dear Matt:

    I read your review of "The Hateful Eight" after watching the film last night. I agree with many of your arguments, but only a few of your conclusions. You say that you found the film's nihilistic perspective to be troubling, and concluded that Tarantino, as a political filmmaker, has lost your good faith. You add that the sadistic quality to the film's violence, especially against women, but also during the "big black pecker" speech, bothered you. And that…